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In Bloom; Katie Marx Floral

Named after one of the brightest buds in the garden, Poppy, from Melbourne’s Katie Marx Floral speaks to Design Field Notes about styling and keeping Melbourne’s Oly showroom in bloom:


It changes, season to season but at the moment it’s smoke bush and a colourful bucket of garden roses that drive me crazy!


All forms of art; from an art deco building to an amazing piece of furniture or simply walking past an overgrown garden.  The artist Jessica Tremp is always an inspiration; she has an amazing ability to capture figures in a natural environment.

Big Impact?

A big beautiful branch placed in an unusual vessel instantly creates drama in a room.  Each space is unique with it’s own aesthetic so that tends to dictate what floral or foliage to use.

 In Season?

Dahlias, Smoke Bush, Hyacinth and White Cosmos have been amazing this season.

For the Oly Richmond Showroom?

Straight away the large clam shell gave me an urge to fill it with blue/green hydrangea.  For the launch party I created an enchanting entrance of draping peppercorn foliage with big bundles of hydrangea and orchard.  This was inspired by the wild and unusual Oly range.


We are lucky flower ladies to have already had the opportunity to work on many dream jobs.  But one we often fantasize about is at Katie’s partner Greg Hatton’s 150 heritage listed butter factory in Newstead.  It’s an amazing space with beautiful high ceilings exposed brick walls and pealed back pastel paint with an abundance of natural light.  We have talked about creating a walk through floral fantasy of branches climbing up the walls and through windows filled with bunches of apples branches and masses of Rosehip, Forsythia, Hydrangea and Persimmons.  Then we’d cover the floor in a bright floral carpet.




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